Media Watch – May 25

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Only six schools to get refurb (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Six crumbling Birmingham schools will be rebuilt or refurbished, Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced.

Warehouse club plan (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham’s major city centre redevelopment projects will now include a nightclub in the basement of a historic building.

Fresh inspection to follow new homes plan backlash (Birmingham Mail) A plan to build new homes in Birmingham (Manor Drive near Sutton Coldfield) has been put on hold so councillors can visit the site.

World BMX Championship come to Birmingham (Daily Telegraph, BBC, Times Educational Supplement) Preview of this weekend’s World BMX Championship at the NIA – an event being hosted in partnership with Birmingham City Council.

39,000 people in Birmingham drink too much (Birmingham Mail) A national minimum price for alcohol could help some of the 39,000 Birmingham residents risking their health by drinking too much, senior city officials have told MPs.

New library tells nine city tales (Birmingham Mail) Double page spread featuring the nine new ‘Faces’ of the Library of Birmingham.

Movie ad on Shisha (Birmingham Mail) The dangers of Shisha smoking are to be highlighted to Birmingham moviegoers in a hard hitting new cinema advert next week.

Councils issue more parking tickets Press Association) Local councils handed out an increased number of parking tickets last year despite cutting back on traffic wardens, according to latest figures. Outside London, the largest number of fines handed out last year was by Liverpool City Council (more than 146,000) ahead of Manchester City Council (more than 138,000) and Birmingham City Council (nearly 133,000).

Regional Headlines

Man due in court on murder charge
A 20-year-old man is charged with murder after the body of a man is found at a house in Birmingham.

Police privatisation plans in the West Midlands put on hold
Plans to privatise some elements of policing in the West Midlands have been formally put on hold until July.

National Headlines

Scottish ‘Yes’ campaign to launch
The official campaign encouraging people to vote “yes” in the Scottish independence referendum is to be launched, ahead of a possible vote in 2014.

Hunt ex-aide faces more questions
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s former special adviser Adam Smith faces a second day of questioning later before the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics.

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